Holding a press conference on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the International Conference "Okba Ibn Nafi," at the arts centre of Biskra (420 km southeast of Algiers), the minister said that ''the reference to the national religious institution which draws its force from the Islamic Conquest school and Prophet Muhammad’s legacy is highly likely to give the necessary immunization to the society.”
"Our trust in our country’s scholars and in the books written by our elders … will serve as a rampart against the extremist ideas," added Mohamed Aïssa.
The ''religious institution, by its nature, encourages people to serve the religion and homeland,'' said the minister, adding that the reform movements, created in the Algerian zaouïas, ''have always been the inspiration of patriotism and advocated the duty to work for the country’s interests.''
''Any action that might undermine those efforts must challenge the intellectual elite, imams at mosques, scholars in zaouïas and media,'' said the minister.
Mohamed Aïssa has chaired the opening of the 6th International Conference "Okba Ibn Nafi in the presence of Head of the High Islamic Council Bouabdallah Ghlamallah.